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4.7.1 KVK Update + Garrison Boosts

Okay. KVK is over. For 207 at least. We defended successfully and had a blast learning the new system. This is where friends and networking come in handy.

I’ll post my KVK video content on this later.

Garrison Boosts FYI

These are applied based on the stats of lords who garrison a building 20 minutes after that building is first occupied and held by the same alliance. Two buildings are required when invading to acquire this boost. Presumably only the throne is required while defending. However our throne was at 23 minutes 45 seconds and never had Level 1 benefits – we skipped straight to Level 2 when North tower had been occupied 20 mins and this increased one level each time another building hit the 20 minute occupation mark. Therefore without further testing (or confirmation from others) I cannot advise if defense requires two buildings like invasion.

So. How is that useful? Well now a weaker castle can mega to the stats of a stronger and then that stronger castle is free to boot people out of buildings. It offers flexibility in defense and invasion.

You can predict these stats before and plan accordingly. If you do that sort of thing for KVK.

  • Garrison boosts start at level one and ends at level five. One level per available building.
  • It doesn’t matter who activated it as long as the building(s) involved have been occupied by the same alliance for twenty minutes.
  • Everyone gets a unique buff based on the % boost provided by the garrison boost level.
  • A mega will apply the leader’s stats with boost to all.
  • There is a blue bar under each building that fills up as a new garrison boost is activated. It is filled up in fifths.
  • To gain the benefit on all five buildings you must occupy all five buildings.

If you can stack and mega five buildings at home you can theoretically stack all five and mega in another kingdom. With a bit of strategy and teamwork. And you want to do this before they gain garrison boosts if you intend to limit losses.

Garrison Boosts by Level

These numbers are accurate and backed by battle reports and images of each garrison boost level. The math is easy. You divide the boost added by the base stats to get a %. Just math. If you have a report at a known garrison level and base stats or the boosted amount you can do this math yourself to confirm.

Level 1 – 5% (assumed per known sequence below)

Level 2 – 7% (assumed per known sequence below)

Level 3 – 9% (fact; mathed it)

Level 4 – 11% (fact; mathed it)

Level 5 – 13% (fact; mathed it)

Invasion Rallies

♡ this group of ladies. They are amazing.

I have never tried to do a rally outside the forest when invading so I don’t know if this is new but it is worth noting. This means that no matter what a castle must be in the forest to mega or rally a building. So not everyone can hide on the forest edge.

I have also recieved confirmation that this does not apply to stronghold rallies and may only apply to buildings. Further testing is needed to verify if this is a bug when people cannot do a rally or if it is a bug when one can. I only thought to test for this during the event because I heard that others were having issues with rallies as well.

Tower Zapping Change in Frequency

So this has not changed as much as we thought. If anything it is highly favorable if you are the one who is being zapped. It starts at ten minutes and is never shorter than four minutes. It still only zaps 1% troop power per. I do not have the data on when it gains frequency but this is more than we knew before. I will test this further when we get zapped or can zap another.

Individual Garrison Points

These have a cap that is unique to stronghold level. No one in our kingdom, except our 40, made it past the third set of rewards.

Points are not collected (right now) until you pull from a building. I don’t know if this is intentional or a bug. We experienced many when conquest was released and hopefully this is just that. Otherwise you have to guess when that cap is reached (or experiment by pulling). It seems they accrue rather fast and we had people pulling so others could send for points in the second half of the event.

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Match Up Theory

So this has nothing to do with the new KVK. This is my theory on how match ups are done based on what I’ve seen for my matches as well as those of others. Doesn’t mean it is true but it is nice brain-candy to ponder.

There are three kingdoms in a match. Usually two of the kingdoms are equal – stats/troops/stronghold and they progress at a similar pace. There are variances but they are as close to equal as you can get. So what about that third one? I call this one the wildcard. Why? Because they are unpredictable and when matched with a more powerful kingdom they can usually hold their own or even invade successfully.

You will notice that some kingdoms will match with one another again and again. I believe this is due to the equal-ness of them. Then you have this one kingdom, 207 for example (and I know others), who are habitually the underdog yet progress up as though it is nothing. We invaded last KVK match – twice – over a kingdom that not only had better stats but more players with them. We won both times and made friends ❤ you 87!

Why? Because when you work together you can do amazing things. I think the match engine expects wildcards and labels them as such – doesn’t mean they will forever be one but while they are their matches are a bit more difficult than anticipated. This all started for us when we started conquering two kingdoms for three rounds in a row – most notably k64 and k394. We were equally matched with one and the other was the underdog – wildcard. After three rounds with them our matching changed drastically.

We had always though how well we did factored into the next match. So we kept trying to manipulate the system. Only taking one throne or taking none. It never seemed to work. We even took a holiday from KVK and told 218 they could have our kingdom uncontested – after a very bloody round – if they would only delay conquering so that the rebuild buff was also delayed. So that was two rounds no throne – then the anniversary conquest event and we bartered with k218 to defend our throne in exchange for helping them with towers in the final round as they went to invade the other kingdom.

We still got matched with beasts.

Let me show you our last couple of matches – those I’ve documented on my blog or YouTube.

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  • Blue = Successful Invasion (light color means we played around with them)
  • Green = Allies
  • Orange = Failed Defense (on us from them)
  • White = Successful Defense (but white might have tossed us around a bit first)

I cannot recall the last time we were matched with someone weaker than us.

Either they are a solo beast without a care on power loss or a bunch people who could prevail but fail to unify. I think that is what makes us unique and a “wildcard”. We are unified with the backing of the entire kingdom. We had more castles than we could use this round – and we stacked everything to max. Perhaps this is why we ended up as #4 in alliance power globally.

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Vacation

I’m taking a vacation. Not the kind you’re thinking of. I’m still going to work every day and if anything putting in more hours.

No I’m taking a vacation from social media. It started last week. On day 9 and I think tomorrow will be my last vacay day. Maybe.

What does this mean? It means I took a break from editing YouTube videos. Even filming for them. I did some blogging but it wasn’t a chore. It was fun and refreshing.

Really I needed to step back and evaluate what I’m doing. My brand has always been Purls HQ the gamer. But I’m so much more. I expanded my blog to include the wife and workaholic. It is a thin line for me because I’m careful to keep personal offline.

Really the blog is where I can ramble. It is somewhat anonymous. My real identity is hidden and most people don’t even know my first name. Its Christine if you were wondering.

I’ve been hyper focused on work and perhaps that’s why the vacation. KVK is cancelled for another month so I don’t have much to plan or do in game outside farming. Conquest starts in a few days and there is that. I went to BAR as they have never done conquest. Any version. So we brought some big guns to help out and wrangle ore while everyone else defends.

Maybe I’ll con some people to join discord and we’ll have some good old fashioned fighting fun. The alliance is pushing 6 billion power and that is after people dropped to exclude themselves from the event. We expect some beasts.

Good chance for me to test myself. I have accomplished all but my sh 32 goal so far and I still have a month for that. I have more to do for boosts but at least I have the gear and gems and can work on enhancing and leveling them. I have centered my focus on heros and banners.

Heros have been an item I set aside for a long time. It was a part of my plan to focus on them once banners and gear was set. The new hero and even more coming means I picked a great time for this focus. I got Isobel to 4 stars so March cap is done. I replaced Balin with Grifflet and he is almost 4 stars. Grifflet worked better for me on boosts and using blue over purple can be advantageous.

Banners were put on hold for deathseeker and I’m focused on them again. Easy with spire loot and the spirit store and passive banners that just collect. Goal is to max my buildings on 30 prestige and then upgrade them to 31 and max that with banners. Maybe before our next match? Gives me a month and who knows what the anniversary even has on store…

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KVK Cancelled – Growth Promoted

So today was productive. I promise you I’m just as surprised at today’s achievements as you will be. Many were long term goals I set months ago. They have been a long time coming and I’m feeling both a little dazed and proud. 100% #Gamer post.

As many of you know if you follow me (if you don’t you should) our KVK was “cancelled” and we have replaced it with a vacation and growth.  We all set goals to achieve before our next match up and in this post I’ve achieved all but the final – stronghold 32.  But the items I completed today set me up for this upgrade.

Deathseeker Set Complete

It all started as I logged in and tallied my Deathseeker helm cost. I had 1.5 mats. I shopped the fair as I often do for bargains. First remember that each special mat for Deathseeker costs 64k gold. I had 140k gold at the start of this journey.

1 – Had $10 left on GP card. It was a $50 card but I used $40 on two Ice Lord packs yesterday. I bought a 3rd today and charged the $10 to my card (opps). Two mats down, two to go

2 – Warmonger Helm gives a Dragon Bone and Dragon Hide special mat. So 128k value that I acquired for 106k in the Merchant Fair. So I forged my final Deathseeker piece.

Deathseeker Set +1

Last night I paid 5k gold to enhance my fifth Deathseeker to +1. All that was left was the new helm. 8k gold later that was also done. Essence is a bitch to acquire without $$.

Total Cost = 115k gold
Feeling = Priceless

Attack Chivalry Maxed

I acquired this beauty mid-March and have been dumping all free stones and gems into it every since. I finally passed the half way mark and soon completed three quarters. I was done being patient.

I traded in Animal Hide, Cerussite, Pine, and Bronze for spirit coins and bought five level 5 refining stones.

Result = Max Gem Attack
Feeling = Euphoric

Buildings to Level 30

I don’t even know how this happened. I did the first few without the hammer relic. Then bought it because I wasn’t stopping. My Storehouse started at 28. My Trading Post at 25. I also brought my Wishing Well from 25 to 30.

Then I started the 9 day 4 hour build in my wall. Stronghold 32 is pending badges.

I can now get all my buildings to prestige 30.

Cost = 28m Silver + 70m Iron + 125m Wood
Feeling = Can’t believe I did that

So I logged off. Before I did something insane. It is safer for everyone this way.

😘